Income inequality

December 6, 2019

It’s trendy to preach about the “evils” of income inequality, but I won’t be joining the chorus. That someone else makes more money than me– even a lot more– doesn’t harm me.

Income comes in because someone is providing something lots of people want. This want gives it value. There’s no downside to me from that.

It doesn’t directly matter to my finances how much money you have. In fact, I want you to be as rich as you possibly can, regardless of how much I have.

Now, if someone got their money through “the political means” then it’s not “income” anyway (thieves don’t own the stolen property they possess), so it can’t really be part of this discussion. Using “the political means” in any manner to gain money is archation. As is the attempt to “solve” income inequality through “taxation” or any other political policy or legislation.

I don’t judge my income by what anyone else makes, but by whether it is enough to meet my expenses this month.

Yes, I wish my income was a lot higher than it is. But someone else’s higher income doesn’t harm me in the slightest– not even if their income is thousands of times what mine is. It might even help me if they choose to use some of that income in ways that make my life better. Rich people start businesses that improve my life; they fund good things, and they buy things. Sometimes, even from me.

I can disagree with how they use their money– especially if they fund political violations of my life, liberty, and property, but that’s not a problem with income inequality, it’s a problem of ethics.

The sad reality is that my contribution to society isn’t very income-generating. Nothing I’ve ever done has been. But that’s not the fault of some random rich person out there. It’s my fault. For me to whine about the income inequality between me and someone else would be a dumb waste of time and energy. It’s childish. The other person is probably just contributing more than I am. Such is life. They may be smarter and better looking, too. Should I whine about that and demand the government gang step in and fix that inequality as well?

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Government is violence without respite

December 5, 2019

I’ve heard people say that without government, society is doomed to be violent. Disputes have to be settled in the middle of the night by armed gangs.

That government, on the other hand, brings its courts and such, which means it isn’t as violent.

Ok…

I think they’ve gotten the levels of violence backward, and even worse, they are mistaking violence for aggression. And archation.

Anarchy isn’t more violent than government. With government, Statists simply refuse to see the violence that is all around them, like the water surrounding a fish.

Whereas in a free society any violence is generally going to be occasional, for a specific purpose to a particular end, with government the violence is continual– it never stops. People are robbed (“taxed”) without relief. They are ruled by legislation which violates their life, liberty, and property in hundreds (or thousands) of ways, day and night. They live under the constant threat of being attacked by armed agents of the state– more and more frequently, by armed gangs of state employees in the middle of the night. Anyone who believes this is better (as opposed to just being their preference) is delusional.

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Still a sentimental fan of holidays

December 4, 2019

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for December 4, 2019)

It’s the holiday season! This is the time of year when people can celebrate– or not– however they like. It’s also when those who feel they are better than you and assume the moral authority to dictate how you should be allowed to live decry what they see as the rampant consumerism…read the rest

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Do you need evil? Time will tell

December 3, 2019

A gun is usually the most effective protection from (a person with) a gun. A gun isn’t evil in and of itself. Your gun can be used for good to thwart a gun being used for evil.

That’s because evil is an action– a behavior– not a thing or a person. Actions such as governing others and other forms of archation.

So, while a gun is often needed to protect you from a gun and from evil actions, that observation doesn’t translate to actions. You don’t need to commit evil to protect yourself from evil. Nor do you need to have others commit evil on your behalf to protect you from evil.

Do you need government to protect you from government?

Do you need a cartel to protect you from a cartel?

Do you need a mugger to protect you from muggers, or a rapist to protect you from rapists?

For that matter, do you need a mugger to protect you from a cartel?

I don’t– I just wonder if you do. Or if you imagine you do.

I guess if it turns out I’m delusional and I really do need those evil actions to protect me from evil actions, I won’t survive to spread my flawed ideas into the future. My demise would be the sign I was wrong about not needing evil to protect me from evil and you should dismiss my opinions on the matter.

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Fear of the Unknown

December 2, 2019

Is cowardice a virtue? Were the Luddites right? Should we hunker under our beds, afraid of what might happen if we take a risk?

“I really think the mainstream idea that we can always make a mad dash for the black emptiness in the sky if things go to s**t here keeps us from truly confronting our urgent need to preserve the ecosystemic context in which we evolved, and which there’s no evidence that we can live without.

I mean, we don’t even know that space colonization is possible. As of yet we have no evidence at all that humans are sufficiently separate and separable from Earth’s biosphere for survival apart from our ecosystem to be a real thing. Humans aren’t really separate ‘things’; they’re a symbiotic collaboration of organisms with ecosystems of their own, all of which as far as we know are entirely dependent on the greater ecosystem from which we blossomed. So far all our attempts at creating independent biospheres have failed miserably, and the closest we’ve come to living in space has consisted of nothing but glorified scuba excursions: visits to space stations fully dependent on a lifeline of terrestrial supplies. That’s the difference between flying and jumping. It might be as delusional as our brains thinking they can hop out of our skulls and live independently of our bodies, or some river eddies saying they’re moving to dry land.” ~ Caitlin Johnstone*

And, she might even be right. The best way to find out is to try it. Not everyone, but some. Voluntarily. But she shouldn’t be robbed (“taxed”) to finance it. No one should.

One thing I know for sure is that the Earth has a hidden expiration date– probably a very long time in the future, but we can’t know that for sure. Most dangerous asteroids are discovered about the time they go whizzing past the planet– far too late to do anything about them. And if you learn anything about cosmology you’ll see that asteroids aren’t the only planet killers lurking out there waiting to sterilize the surface of this planet.

Maybe I’m silly, but I want the human species to survive as long as possible. That can be longer if our species spreads beyond this one planet. Yes, Earth is wonderful and should be preserved. The Black is scary and dangerous and will try to kill you. But all discovery worth anything has risks. Would you be better off if you’d never left your crib?

We don’t even know… we have no evidence… as far as we know… might be...” So get out there and find out one way or the other for sure! Refusing to move because you don’t know (yet) is not praiseworthy. You don’t know until you try and using fear as an excuse to not try is just sad.

*I find some of the best, and some of the most pathetic, quotes on The Enlightened Rogue’s blog. They are always interesting in one way or another.

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Winchester

December 1, 2019

Happy belated birthday to Oliver Winchester. I got this from Ammo.com, with permission to post it all on my site. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a way to include the links which were in the original– and I tried several times.

 

Oliver Winchester was born in Boston, on November 30, 1810. He started his career with a clothing company based out of New York City and New Haven, Connecticut. After successfully running this aspect of his business, Winchester began to look for new opportunities. Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson (yes, that “Smith & Wesson” who later formed the Smith & Wesson Revolver Company) acquired and improved a rifle design with the help of shop foreman, Benjamin Tyler Henry. Talk about a genius cluster! In 1855, they began to manufacture what would be known as the “Volcanic” lever-action rifle. The company would become incorporated as the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company; its largest stockholder was Oliver Winchester.

After limited success with this new rifle, Winchester seized the opportunity to take control over the failing company and renamed it the New Haven Arms Company. Although initial returns were slow, Benjamin Henry, the company’s leading engineer, improved the Volcanic repeating rifle’s design by enlarging the frame and magazine to accommodate the all-new brass cased .44 caliber cartridge. This ingenuity put the company on the map, and in 1860, the patent for the infamous Henry rifle was issued. The next six years of production produced over 12,000 Henry, many of which were used in the Civil War. In the following months, Benjamin Henry, angered over what he believed was inadequate compensation, filed a lawsuit for ownership of the company. Oliver Winchester hastenly reorganized the company as the Winchester Repeating Arms Company to circumvent this issue.

The Model 1866 soon rolled out as the first Winchester rifle. Based on the Henry rifle, it came with an improved magazine and a wooden forend. In the following years, larger caliber rifles such as the infamous Model 1873, “The Gun That Won The West”, brought more notoriety and foundation to the company. Although Mr. Winchester would miss the opportunity to see his company’s greatest achievements; he passed away in December of 1880.

Winchester Repeating Arms Company’s collaboration with John Browning brought about much success with a host of shotguns, including the still produced Model 1885. The turn of the 20th century hosted a series of new arms developments, many from the top engineer at the time, T.C. Johnson. But it was the start of the First World War that set development and production requirements into full force. The company became a major producer of the .30-06 M1917 Enfield rifle for the United States military, and worked once more with Browning to develop the .50 caliber BMG.

During the war, the company borrowed heavily to finance the expansion. In an attempt to pay down its debt following the war’s end, they used their surplus production capacity to manufacture consumer goods such as kitchen knives, roller skates, and refrigerators. The strategy was a failure, and the Great Depression sent the company into bankruptcy. John M. Olin’s Western Cartridge Company purchased the Winchester Repeating Arms Company at auction in 1931, with plans to restore the brand to its former glory. The Second World War helped this cause tremendously as Winchester produced the U.S. M1 Carbine and the M1 Garand rifle during this time period.

Over the following decades, the Olin Winchester-Western division struggled with rising labor costs and other companies’ cast-and-stamped production methods. By 1980, Olin decided to sell the company back to its employees, which re-incorporated as the U.S. Repeating Arms Company. Olin retained the Winchester ammunition business. U.S. Repeating Arms went bankrupt in 1989, and after a number of sellouts to forgien holdings companies, the New Haven plant closed its doors on January 16, 2006, after 140 years of producing rifles and shotguns.

In August of 2006, Olin Corporation, owner of Winchester trademarks, entered a new license deal with Browning to make Winchester brand rifles and shotguns once again. The Model 1885, Model 1892, and Model 1886 are all produced by Miroku Corporation of Japan, then imported to the U.S. by Browning. Currently, Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal (FN) makes the remainder of Winchester’s rifle and shotgun lineup in various locations around Europe.

Winchester-branded ammunition continues to be produced by the Olin Corporation. Some of the most successful cartridges ever invented have been under the Winchester name: the .44-40 WCF, the .30-30 WCF, the .32 Winchester Special, the .50 BMG, the .270 Winchester, the .308 Winchester (the commercial version of the 7.62x51mm NATO), the .243 Winchester, the .22 WMR (aka the .22 Magnum), and the .300 Winchester Magnum. In North America, the .30-30 and .308 Winchester are some of the best selling cartridges in firearm history.

Through its history, the Winchester name has experienced great successes and significant failures; but it’s truly an important story to know in the realm of firearms. Here’s to the man that started it all, happy birthday to Mr. Oliver Winchester.

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Ending prohibition

November 30, 2019
https://www.endthedrugwar.org/

 

Recently Scott Adams seemed bewildered as to why some state or big city government in America doesn’t at least try total drug legalization.

Once again it appears I understand something his radical government supremacism doesn’t allow him to understand.

Why doesn’t The State do the one thing that would make the drug cartels collapse completely? Because ending prohibition– the stupid and evil War on Politically Incorrect Drugs— is that one thing. Not more “laws”, not harsher penalties, not invading Mexico, and not building a wall. Not anything which empowers or enriches government employees. Only taking government out of the equation would accomplish anything worthwhile.

And that’s why they won’t do it.

It would reduce the power and wealth of the losers who depend on prohibition– not only the losers running the drug cartels– but also the politicians, the legislation enforcement gang, and the prison employees. Prohibition is welfare for useless archators.

Your life and safety are of no consequence to those losers if it means giving up some money and power.

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Questions for “sofa”

November 29, 2019

These are questions that come to mind while reading the comments made by “sofa”. I’ve already said if he can come up with a plan– which doesn’t include archation— which would make him (and others who share his concerns) feel better about moving beyond the government era, I would help promote it. But I need to understand some things more completely.

What do you mean when you speak of cartels? If you’re speaking of “drug cartels” why not promote the only tactic that can defeat them now: the complete end of prohibition?

Why do you believe they would be worse than the current government cartels?

How large do you expect them to be?

What do you expect them to do?

What would be their reason for attacking a universally-armed society and what would they want to accomplish by doing so? What would they expect to gain?

How would they “win” without a bureaucratic/political infrastructure (“government”) to take over and control? Without anyone “authorized” to surrender on everyone’s behalf?

Do you believe there are people who like the military way of life enough that they would organize similarly in a free society? They would be free to do so, without asking permission of a government, in such a situation.

Do you think they’d end up with the abandoned military tools after the government era ends?

Do you believe “lone wolves” who have no use for joining a group would be thrilled to act as snipers and assassins against invaders/cartels?

Would you, personally, fight back– overtly or covertly– against cartel thugs going through your neighborhood. Or would you at least assist the resistance?

Do you think the new cartel would be viewed as “legitimate” as is the current government cartel so that few would risk fighting back due to social consequences?

>Because of the nature of this post, I am putting a link to the post where “sofa” is likely to respond: link

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019

I am thankful for all my readers and especially thankful to my donors and subscribers. Really. Thank you all!

And if you want some reading today, check out this Thanksgiving history from Ammo.com.

~Kent

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Plenty to be grateful for every year

November 27, 2019

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for November 27, 2019)

How can Thanksgiving Day be here again? Has it really been a year?

Yes, it has, and this means it’s time again to remind myself of the things I’m grateful for on this Gratitude Day.

You’d probably expect me to say I’m grateful for the scattered bits and pieces of liberty left in America; those fragments which haven’t yet been regulated out of existence, and I am…read the rest

— Private to my blog readers: This is the fourth Thanksgiving since my daughter Cheyenne was killed. I have a really hard time not hating Thanksgiving now. But I give it my best shot. Fake it ’til you make it, they say. I’m sincerely trying.

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